Trying to do our regular patrol on Prayers road on Friday 10th May we were not permitted to pass through the Mosque checkpoint. The border police told us that a new order has come through from the government that only TIPH (Temporary International Presence in Hebron) are allowed to go on the road outside the mosque.
We later coordinated with EAPPI (Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel) about this and they had also been told that they cannot be on the road outside the mosque with their EAPPI vests. EAPPI told the border police they had been patrolling the area around the mosque for ten years, the border police responded by saying that they had been making a mistake for ten years!
Over the last week both CPT and EAPPI have been allowed through the Ibrahimi Mosque Checkpoint but not wearing our CPT vests. Also we have been told that we are not allowed to take any notes. So we have been unable to gather the data surrounding school patrol that we normally collect for UNICEF and Save the Children. Will this be the start of a slippery slope to prevent international human rights workers from being able to monitor here?
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